Industry Ag News 6/24

Cindy Zimmerman

  • Michael Torrey Associates (MTA) welcomes Ashley Willits to the policy team for the Washington, D.C.-based firm with a growing number of clients in the food, agriculture, and forestry sector. Ashley serves as the Policy Manager for Michael Torrey Associates, where she provides policy communications and advocacy support for the firm’s clients. Prior to joining MTA, Ashley served as an Associate Director of Policy Communications at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
  • GROWMARK is partnering with the Midwest Food Bank to deliver relief to war-ravaged Ukraine. GROWMARK System employees, members, and customers are making financial donations to the GROWMARK Foundation which will go directly to providing Tender Mercies to Ukraine. The GROWMARK Foundation is also offering a dollar-for-dollar match for the first $5,000 donated through the program.
  • American Farmland Trust (AFT) and the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) announced the 14th annual America’s Farmers Market Celebration (AFMC) this week – the only annual ranking of the top farmers markets in the United States as voted on by the public. The AFMC will run June 20 to September 19 on Markets can join the celebration and encourage their customers to vote, an excellent marketing tool and a pathway to winning a piece of the $10,000 prize pool.
  • The North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kipp McGuire as Director of Government Affairs. Kipp comes from the consulting world, where he was an advisor to the U.S. Navy’s Commander of Pacific Fleet as a member of the Commander’s Action Group and Government Affairs and Outreach teams.
  • The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol was accepted as an ISEAL Community Member following a rigorous and meticulous approval process and only eighteen months after the program’s launch. ISEAL is a global membership organization that supports credited sustainability systems in their work, with the goal to drive greater impact and establish markets that are a force for good.
  • AgriThority® continues to see increased demand for development projects for new agricultural innovations around the world. To meet current and future client growth, AgriThority announces the addition of two new associates to support global product and business development growth. Maria Karamagioli joins AgriThority to serve as Associate Product & Business Development Manager in Greece, while Luigi Radaelli takes on the same role in Italy.
  • The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has launched a newly-redesigned, updated guide that allows farmers, land owners and others to easily locate and contact professional seed suppliers for quality environmental, conservation, and cover crop seed. The interactive Conservation, Environmental, and Cover Crop Seed Resource Guide allows buyers to find lists of specific seed types by geographic location to support production and sustainability goals.